MATTE BLACK Matte black fixtures had a moment in 2020 and will continue to steal the spotlight in 2021. Considered “the new neutral” by some, the velvety finish of matte black light fixtures is simultaneously classic and edgy and works with most colour palettes. In contemporary spaces, it looks bold and luxurious while in modern farmhouse or Scandi rooms, it provides dramatic contrast to natural wood textures and creamy white walls.
NATURAL MATERIALS AND EARTHY TONES Fixtures in earthy tones and organic textures continue to gain momentum in 2021. Designs made from materials like wood, leather, grass and burlap introduce an element of serenity into a space and signify a return to nature. This nod to the outdoors comes as little surprise given the growing focus on sustainability in design and our innate need to connect with nature in today’s digital world. Concrete fixtures in subdued shades of grey also lend an air of earthy appeal to a space.
FROSTED GLASS Lighting with frosted glass shades has made a comeback. Just a few years ago, these milky hued glass fixtures screamed “outdated” and was a sure sign that the lighting had not been updated in years. However, this style of fixture now has new life breathed into it by way of contemporary shape and advanced technology. The frosted glass diffuses the light coming from the bulb, offering a lovely soft glow. When switched off, this revived trend looks serene and brings an element of calm into the space.
MIXED MATERIALS The human eye is attracted to contrast, which is why light fixtures made from mixed materials often capture our attention. Fixtures made from two or more different materials look interesting and enable you to blend more than one style into a space, for example, modern farmhouse or rustic industrial. Combinations of metal, leather, glass, and concrete give a space a layered feel and introduce a variety of textures which always adds character.
VINTAGE LED BULBS Sometimes referred to as Edison bulbs, vintage-style carbon filament bulbs have experienced a resurgence and are synonymous with modern-day interior design, especially in industrial, rustic, retro, and Scandinavian-style spaces. In comparison to standard light bulbs, carbon filament bulbs have a much looser, visible filament, making the bulb itself a feature when turned on. For this reason, there’s no need to hide the bulb behind a shade but rather let it steal the show. Thanks to advancements in technology, these retro-cool bulbs are now widely available in LED options, making them an energy-efficient and sustainable option for illuminating the home. The vintage-style LED bulb trend is here to stay, adding a nostalgic feel wherever installed.